Commercial Property Inspection Services
A commercial property inspection is similar to a standard home inspection but there are some very specific items to look for. This type of inspection is defined as a limited, visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a commercial building consisting of the building structures and improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate. It should be understood that there are certain risks inherent in the purchase of ANY property and a home inspection is inherently limited in its scope and depth. The information gained from home inspection conforming to national, organizational and state-specific standards of practice may reduce some of those risks, but the home inspection is not intended to provide the client with protection from all of the risks involved in the purchase of a home.
Our inspection process can be likened to a physical exam by a Doctor; however, it should be clearly understood that a property inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, a building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.
We provide Commercial Property Inspections and building inspections for Commercial Real Estate clients. Following CCPIA standards, we inspect the property and document the conditions at the time of inspection so our clients have the information to understand and analyze your potential purchase.
What To Expect
The “walk-through survey” is performed based on the access available at the time of inspection which allows the inspector to collect information through visual observation during a walk-through survey of the subject property, conducting research about the property, and then generating a meaningful report about the condition of the property based on the observations made and research conducted by the inspector. A commercial inspection requires the inspector to make observations, conduct research, and report findings.
This Standards of practice are designed as a baseline from which the inspector and client can develop and agree to a scope of work that may deviate from this Standard, depending on budget, time constraints, purpose of the inspection, age of the subject property, and risk-tolerance of the client. The level of due diligence should be set where the cost, in time and money, of acquiring information about the subject property will not likely exceed the value of that information. Therefore, an inspection performed in accordance with this Standard will not be technically exhaustive.
The client should understand that the inspection report is, to a large degree, the subjective opinions of the inspector based on his/her observations and research within the limits of access, time and budget, and without the aid of special equipment or meters, and without dismantling, probing, testing or troubleshooting, and without detailed knowledge of the commercial property, its components or its systems. The inspection report is not much more than a subjective professional opinion. It is not an Architectural or Engineering Service, nor is it not a Warranty, Guarantee or Insurance Policy.
During the Inspection
- It is important that your agent provide safe access and sufficient lighting so that the inspector can inspect the property fully.
- It is the client’s responsibility to arrange for the inspector to receive timely access to the subject property for the walk-through survey portion of the inspection, as well as access to all documents and interviewees needed for the research portion of the inspection. This includes access to all documents, information and previously generated reports in the client’s possession. The inspector is not responsible for obtaining, reviewing or providing information, should the source withhold, impede or delay access. Anything that hinders the inspector’s access should be noted in the report.
I highly recommend that you be present for the inspection. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions directly, and obtain a better understanding of the condition of the building. The written report may be easier to understand if the buyer is present during the inspection.
Inspectors must provide a written evaluation report based on the national, organizational & state specific standards of compliance in accordance with state, local and national organization standards of practice.
At the conclusion of the home inspection, the buyer should be well informed of the condition of the property. It should be known if there are visible, apparent problems, if repairs are required, or whether or not there are any risks of concealed damage, and whether further investigation is recommended and/or required.